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Santa Cruz de la Sierra or simply the Santa Cruz is one of the fastest growing cities in Bolivia and is the capital of the Santa Cruz department. Situated on the Piral River, it is located just where the Andean foothills finally give way and mark the new beginning of great expanses of flatness that extends to Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The city represents a true amalgamation of modern lifestyle and traditional values which attract the visitors to come from far off places to explore this fusion. Its reliable warm weather, relaxed tropical atmosphere, charming colonial streets, some amazing attractions, great dining scene, porch-fronted houses selling cheap local products surely give you a small town feel but in every sense it is buzzing and thriving city that you must visit when planning a holiday trip to Bolivia. So book flights to Santa Cruz and you surely fell in love with it.
There are so many amazing attractions to see and things to do in Santa Cruz. Located at the foothills of Andes, it is a getaway to some of Bolivia’s most adventurous activities where travellers can enjoy bird watching to river rafting, hiking to sand boarding etc. Do visit Plaza 24 de Septiembre which is an important social gathering place and is the main attraction of the city. It is a hive of activity as there are parks, benches and tables where street vendors peddling fresh fruit juices and Camba band playing the beats. The whole atmosphere is lively as well as refreshing. Surrounding the square is located the Santa Cruz Cathedral which is a beautiful place to visit with a handful of restaurants and cafes around it. There is no shortage of historical and fascinating cultural landmarks in the city. Do visit the El Fuerte, The Jesuit Mission of Chiquitos and Che’s Mausoleum etc. If you are with kids then you just can’t afford to miss a visit to Municipal zoo to visit the variety of animals of the area. Do spend a day or night at Guembe Biocenter which is quite famous for health tourism and houses the world’s largest butterfly sanctuary along with modern amenities.
The average temperature in Santa Cruz varies little. It remains hot and humid for about half of the year and otherwise, the atmosphere here is very nice with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The best time to visit Santa Cruz is from September to November when the summer tourists have returned home and thus leaving a room for travellers who love beaches, walking paths and to enjoy more outdoor adventure.
There are several major airlines that offer flights between London, United Kingdom to Santa Cruz. The most prominent among them are Iberia, Delta, Air France, Virgin Atlantic, Finnair, British Airways, American Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, United Airlines and Norwegian Airlines etc. From London to Santa Cruz, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly whereas Monday is the most expensive day. When flying from London, United Kingdom you will be using any one of the airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, London Luton and Stansted and landing at Santa Cruz de la Sierra Viru Viru International Airport.
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